Zdeno Ch ra (born March 18, 1977) is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenseman. He is the captain of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL) and won the Norris Trophy while playing for them in 2008 09. At 6 ft 9 (2.06 m), he is the tallest player ever to play in the NHL. He is also the second European born and trained captain to win the Stanley Cup. On July 1, 2006, he signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Boston Bruins and was named the team's captain, a role left vacant since Joe Thornton's departure during the 2005 06 season. He became only the third Slovak-born NHL player to become a team captain, after Peter tastn 1/2 of the Quebec Nordiques and Stan Mikita (co-captain) of the Chicago Blackhawks. He was named to the 2007 All-Star Game, his second appearance, in Dallas and scored two goals in an 12 9 Eastern Conference loss. Ch ra also won the hardest shot segment of the preceding skills competition, clocking a shot at 100.4 mph.
In 2008, he was voted in as a starter in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career and repeated as the winner of the hardest shot competition, recording an even-faster 103.1 mph (166 km/h) on the radar gun. On March 8, 2008, during a game against the Washington Capitals, Ch ra suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder. However, after missing five games, he played the remainder of the season including the playoffs. Upon a first-round elimination at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, he underwent a shoulder operation on April 29. At the end of the season, Ch ra received his second nomination for the Norris Trophy after tallying a career-high 17 goals, 34 assists and 51 points, marking the fifth straight season he had either matched or bested his previous season's points total.
In 2008 09, Ch ra was named to his fourth All-Star Game. As back-to-back champion of the hardest shot competition, Ch ra initiated a charity drive among the participants ($1,000 per player) to go to the charity of choice of the competition's winner. Having raised $24,000 from the six competitors and their respective teams, the NHL and the NHLPA, Ch ra set a new Skills Competition record, with a 105.4 mph (169.7 km/h) slapshot. He donated the winnings to Right to Play. The shot passed Al Iafrate's previous record-making 105.2 mph (169.3 km/h) slapper from just over a decade earlier. Then, at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina, he eclipsed his previous record with a shot clocked at 105.9 mph (170.43 km/h). He won the Norris Trophy for the 2008 09 season, beating out Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings. On October 9, 2010, Chara re-signed with the Bruins with a 7-year deal. On June 15, 2011, Chara captained the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup against the Vancouver Canucks for the first time since 1972.
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